WASHINGTON, June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SAN FRANCISCO WIRED
Profile America — Thursday, June 29th. The first electric power company in America, and perhaps the world, was formed this week in 1879 in San Francisco. This was nearly four months before Thomas Edison successfully tested his practical incandescent light bulb. The power supplied by the California Electric Light Company illuminated some three dozen arc lamps in downtown hotels and businesses. This electric supplier was the predecessor to the current Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Today, there are over 7,500 electric power distribution establishments nationwide, employing around 360,000 workers. Utilities in general, including water, sewer and gas, employ around 638,000 workers, and have annual revenues of more than $530 billion. Profile America is in its 21st year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 3457
Electric power generation & distribution/County Business Patterns/NAICS 221122: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//naics~221122
Utilities employment/County Business Patterns/NAICS 221: https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//naics~221
Utilities revenues/Economic Census/NAICS 221: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ECN/2012_US/00A1//naics~221
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau